Daily Archives: August 20, 2016

Indignation Movie Review

College, from my experience, at least, is a transitional period in our lives. We are not children anymore, but we are not adults yet either. It is that strange place when we are starting to figure out who we are and what we want out of life.

The new film, Indignation, based on the 2008 book of the same name by respected writer Philip Roth, takes place in 1951.

Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman) is a young man of Jewish descent from Newark, New Jersey. He spends his days working with his father, Max (Danny Burstein) at the butcher shop that bears the family name. Life is about to change for Marcus. He is about to start college at Winesburg College in Winesburg, Ohio.

The first person in his immediate family to attend college, Marcus is looking forward to not just the educational opportunities, but also the distance between college and his father, who is becoming irrational about many things, his son included.

Marcus develops a crush and has a date with Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), one of his classmates. Olivia may appear to be healthy and normal, but underneath, she is dealing with a host of complicated issues. Marcus continues to spend time with Olivia, despite the concerns of his classmates and even his own mother, Esther (Linda Emond).

Set in a time of repression and the expectation to fit in, this film is the story of a young man trying to find his own way. While certain sections of the narrative seemed a little slow, the ending was completely out of left field. I walked out of the movie theater with the thought that my mind was blown.

I recommend it.

Indignation is presently in theaters.

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Omran Daqneesh, The War In Syria And The Real Human Rights Tradgedy

This past week, an image flew around the world.

It’s no secret that the war in Syria has created a massive refugee crisis. 250,000 innocent civilians have been killed. Millions more fled Syria, hoping to rebuild their lives in Europe, America and other Middle Eastern countries.

Omran Daqneesh’s family chose to stay, instead of fleeing with their neighbors and friends. This week, this little boy’s home was bombed. While the family survived physically, emotionally, they may never been the same.

The image of this little boy sitting in the ambulance is heartbreaking. Covered in dust and blood, his eyes are emotionless.

My heart breaks for this child. While the physical wounds will heal, the emotional wounds may never heal. This boy did nothing to either the Syrian government or the rebels, but he and his family must suffer the consequences of this senseless war.

The question I have to ask is where are the protests against the Syrian government? Where are the demands for either side to back down and come to the table peacefully? There are none.

While this child and his family are the true face of the senseless violence and the cost of war, the vitriol and the fake accusations against Israel continue unabated.

The BDS movement takes pleasure in promoting falsehoods and breaking down Israel, while ignoring the facts and the true human rights tragedy of our time.

Did I mention that Syrian refugees who cross the border into Israel are being treated at Israeli hospitals? Did I also mention that Israeli Arabs have full rights under the Israeli government and are treated no differently than citizens of other faiths?

Maybe it’s time we looked at the facts before we opened our mouths.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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